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Focusing - Eugene T. Gendlin

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Published: March 1988
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The classic guide to a powerful
technique for personal transformation
Based on groundbreaking research conducted at the University of Chicago, the focusing technique has gained widespread popularity and scholarly acclaim. It consists of six easy-to-master steps that identify and change the way thoughts and emotions are held within the body. Focusing can be done virtually anywhere, at any time, and an entire "session" can take no longer than ten minutes, but its effects can be felt immediately-in the relief of bodily tension and psychological stress, as well as in dramatic shifts in understanding and insight.
In this highly accessible guide, Dr. Eugene Gendlin, the award-winning psychologist who developed the focusing technique, explains the basic principles behind focusing and offers simple step-by-step instructions on how to utilize this powerful tool for tapping into greater self-awareness and inner wisdom. As you learn to develop your natural ability to "focus," you'll find yourself more in sync with both mind and body, filled with greater self-assurance, and better equipped to make the positive changes necessary to improve and enhance every aspect of your life.

At times the world seems to be full of defecting psychotherapists with defective breakthroughs to communicate, and Gendlin contributes enthusiastically to the overflow. Several years ago he decided that psychotherapy was something less than a raging success with all but that handful of patients who seemed to understand the therapeutic process intuitively. No need to panic, though - this intuitive ability, the "inner act," has now been captured in a convenient six-step bodily awareness process that puts the patient in touch with a "felt sense" of problems. The six focusing movements involve such brilliant innovations as clearing a space by mentally piling problems off to one side, making contact with the "felt sense" of one problem, discerning the crux of the problem, letting words flow out of the problem's nature, and rechecking the "felt sense" to see whether the chosen words match it closely. The emphasis on physical correlates to serf-knowledge seems more ho-hum than inspired these days, and the "listening" techniques for "friends" of the focuser sound like many a therapeutic technique we've heard before. Lines like "When, in focusing, I ask my body to let me have more of what's in that whole feeling, the very way I approach myself changes the totality" tell the whole story - "focusing" is for those who feel that their jargon needs a 20,000-mile checkup. (Kirkus Reviews)

Introductionp. vii
Unlocking the Wisdom of Your Body
The Inner Actp. 3
Changep. 10
What the Body Knowsp. 32
Focusing
The Focusing Manualp. 43
The Six Focusing Movements and What They Meanp. 51
What Focusing Is Notp. 65
Clearing a Space for Yourselfp. 71
If You Can't Find a Felt Sensep. 83
If You Can't Make Anything Shiftp. 102
People Helping Each Other
Finding Richness in Othersp. 113
The Listening Manualp. 118
Focusing and Society
New Relationshipsp. 147
Experience Beyond Rolesp. 155
Appendix
Philosophical Notep. 165
Research, Applications and Referencesp. 167
Directoryp. 171
Focusing: Short Formp. 177
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ISBN: 9780553278330
ISBN-10: 0553278339
Series: Bantam New Age Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: March 1988
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 10.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 2